26May2022
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Right to Live and healthcare is for Everyone

Sudden change in the economic scenario has brought many changes in the country, wreaking overnight havoc in the lives of the average people. During the pandemic, the most severely impacted are the rural and urban areas of India., for whom everyday survival has become a big question.

The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has shaken up the entire country and seems to be even more devastating than the first. Fighting the new, more infectious variant of the virus, frontline health workers are working round the clock even as hospitals run out of beds and oxygen supply, and thousands succumb to preventable deaths.

As the situation worsens with every passing day, the need of the hour is to provide urgent necessities like PPE kits to health workers, strengthen the existing public health infrastructure through the supply of oxygen and medicines, reduce the load of primary healthcare facilities, provide hygiene kits to masses, and spreading awareness to contain the spread of the virus.

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Orenda Felicitates Women Weavers

On Occasion of Navratri, Orenda Foundation has felicitated Nine (9) women weavers and artisans, – representing Nava Durgas, for their contribution not only to the Handloom industry but to the society as a whole. These artisans bring life and character to each and every saree that every woman adores.

Handloom is a traditional business for women for a long time. History has it that while Men would go out with Kings for war, women were involved in crafts like pot, leather clothes, home building, and technique of weaving.

Orenda Foundation’s Nava Durga Felicitation event was held in Hyderabad on September 25th at Kala Dikshitulu Kala Vedika Chikkadpally, Hyderabad and Mr. M.Ramachadra Rao, MLC; Yellavarthy Rajendra Prasad, President, Shankaram Vedica; Special Guest Shri Kala Janardhan Murthy, President Thyagaraya Gaana Sabha presided over the function.

Providing a platform to showcase the talent of women artisans: Orenda Foundation provides the opportunity for all women artisans to showcase their talent and creativity directly to the world. The Foundation provides training facilities and tools to empower women and enhance their skills. It is a platform where Women weavers can earn money and help improve their socio-economic conditions. This is the best place to make a village women weaver self-dependent. This is a safe job for them which they can do from their home.

Raghuram Kuchibhatla, Founder Orenda Foundation said, “Foundation has a simple objective—of getting artisans and women out of drudgery and reviving the dwindling art of weaving. While working with artisans at the grass-root level, I have learned several life lessons –

  • Threads are fragile like relationships. This relationship is made stronger through proper weaving
  • It takes a lot of discipline and focuses to achieve the level of creativity
  • The will to learn is the first step and these weavers show this character every day in their lives
  • Every day is a new day and start over is the name of the game.

Raghuram Kuchibhatla ended the speech thanking each and every Athidhi (Athidhi Devo Bhava) and requesting everyone to join together in making a difference in the lives of these artisans and to revive this dying industry.”

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Empowering Grassroots – changing the face of the nation!

The growth of the Not-For-Profit sector in India in the last two decades has been phenomenal. India has possibly the largest number of active non-government, not-for-profit organizations in the world. Official estimates put the number at 3.3 million. From relief services to educational initiatives, from healthcare projects to housing organizations, grassroots NGOs work in numerous spheres which touch the daily lives of marginalized communities across the country. Engaging directly with the people, these NGOs are able to participate in the thought-making process of the communities they work with and thus have the capacity to bring about long-term change. As such, the sector has had a substantial contribution to the nation-building process.

Ensuring sustainability of initiatives requires a reorientation of NGOs focusing on their capacity building to attain competitiveness. This is not an easy transition, requiring NGOs to rethink and reform their program designs, planning, fund mobilization, fund management, and effective program delivery. There is also a need to guide these NGOs to be able to identify and adapt to the changing national and global socio-political and economic developments which affect them. To equip and facilitate grassroots NGOs in the country to address these issues and eventually aim at achieving sustainable development at the grassroots and community level, Smile Foundation initiated Empowering Grassroots.

Empowering Grassroots is aimed at handholding, training, and enabling community-based organizations (CBOs) to maximize their impact on the ground. Under the ‘Empowering Grassroots’ initiative, CBOs are trained on vital issues relevant to the development sector in the country like scalability, sustainability, communication, resource mobilization, and governance by industry experts from reputed Indian and international organizations. 

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Reaching far and wide, despite the pandemic

Orenda Foundation works with artisans and weavers directly starts a medical drive amidst the COVID19 pandemic. The objective behind this drive is to support and educate the artisans across the country about the high levels of circulating viruses during the second wave.

 With this medical drive, Orenda Foundation aims to purchase 1,000 basic medical kits worth Rs 1200/kit, comprising a thermometer (Rs 250/unit); an oximeter (Rs 750/Unit), and a strip of Paracetamol (Rs 30/Unit)to guard those villages and artisans whose lives are already at their lowest socio-economic levels.

 Speaking on the occasion, Raghuram Kuchibhatla, Founder and CEO, Orenda Foundation said “Coronavirus is an unprecedented global health crisis in the history of the world. The past year and a half have been incredibly challenging and yet for every new curveball that is thrown at us, our artisan community has always taken every challenge and overcame it. Today, as we battle this fatal second wave, it is imperative that we help and protect those villages and artisans who lack awareness and are in need of basic medical facilities. Over the next few weeks, we will expand this drive to include webinars and distribute pamphlets to raise awareness among the artisans’ community”.

 The platform has so far led 2 webinars covering artisans from Jaipur and West Bengal and there are few planned for the upcoming days.

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Our Association with Gopalpur

A land suited on the bank of Brahmani river, popularly known for its yummy pickles and exquisite hand-woven Tussar silk textile. One of the leading producer groups of India which is older than 400 years and associated with one of the greatest saints Shri Chaitanya. The artisan of Gopalpur has started with weaving the cotton fabric but in 1972 due to the destruction of looms, everything ended up providing low cost with superior quality. Tussar yarn to Tussar sarees is the magical process that these skilled and very talented weavers bring to us.

These beautifully handcrafted sarees have received an honor from the government of India in 2009. Gopalpur produces different Tussar fabrics which are designed in Gheecha, Tussar, and extra weft technique. To make it more unique different blends of Tussar are also made. Handwoven, the handspun yarn gives an extraordinary texture to the fabric.